I recently undergrounded my poles. Can I get reimbursed?

The City will not reimburse those properties that have previously undergrounded at their own expense.   The City will not reimburse those homeowners who have expended funds currently and are in the process to underground.  The City will only take over the financial responsibility for work within the City’s right-of-way going forward as scheduled by the City. Privately-initiated and led efforts within the City’s right-of -way do not qualify for compensation as the work falls within the City’s purview and may not be delegated.  Following are some of the reasons for this:

  • The work was not completed in compliance with the contracting and labor laws that City’s projects funded with public funds are subject to.
  • It is not feasible to go back and separate and identify costs that could potentially be eligible or to verify the work was let for bid and awarded properly.
  • It is unknown how to define the qualified owner such as current owner, previous owner, or even future one.
  • The homeowners have already benefited from the investment and received contributions (i.e., resources) from the City during the work.
  • There is no way of knowing if the costs spent were well spent and the City would get a good value.

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1. Measure Q will fund the citywide project of undergrounding the utility poles and wires. How do I find out when poles in my area will be removed?
2. Will Measure Q cover the costs of running the power from the undergrounded utilities to my home?
3. How much will these ‘laterals’ cost me?
4. If I cannot afford to pay for these laterals, how can I get assistance?
5. Who decides which areas of the City are undergrounded?
6. If my area timetable is too far out for me, can I go on and underground myself?
7. I recently undergrounded my poles. Can I get reimbursed?
8. What is the timeline, once a neighborhood has been selected, for the poles to come down?
9. Will the City be adding any of their planned projects for the community into each of the approved undergrounding projects?
10. If I have further questions, whom should I contact?